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Cathedral Guadalupe, Ross & Pearl, downtown Dallas


The "Sympathetic Additions" award in the commercial or institutional category went to ARCHITEXAS for the new tower of the century-old Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe, Dallas, Texas. The original church design had featured a steeple and spire, but these were never built. When the Dallas Roman Catholic Diocese decided to add these features a few years ago, they opted to follow the 1889 plan of the original architect, Nicholas Clayton.

The new 225-foot- (70 meter-) tall bell tower had to support 49 bells weighing a total of 49,000 pounds (22,000 kilograms). To support the load, four 54-foot by 24-inch (16-meter by 60-centimeter) cased piers were extended 8 feet (2.4 meters) into the limestone bedrock. Clad in brick and cast stone, the tower now looks as if it has always been part of the historic structure.

Before the new additions
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